1 dollar can be bought in Vietnam
Although the cost of living has increased a lot in Vietnam in recent years, you can still live with a few dollars a day in your pocket. Here is a quick summary of the value of a dollar in different cities in Vietnam.
4 glasses of beer
In the summer, you will see the word Bia Hoi (draft beer) pretty much everywhere. Even if you’ve never stepped outside of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, you can still easily come across a few crowded “street bars” where people sit on chairs and enjoy cold beers. With only 5-6,000 VND a glass, 1 dollar you will have a belly full of beer.
1 bowl of noodles
If you’re paying $2 for a bowl of noodles, please don’t think you’re being ripped off because the beef is quite expensive. In addition to beef related dishes, other “vermicelli” dishes are not expensive, only from 50 cents in southern provinces such as Nha Trang or the Mekong Delta region. Quality varies of course, but for $1 you can have a hearty breakfast, including a cup of tea to go with.
1.5 liters of fuel
Before it starts to rise again, let’s enjoy affordable gas prices for now. Especially if you own a motor vehicle, having cheap fuel means you can travel longer distances on the same budget. Who doesn’t love low gas prices?
Fruit, a lot of fruit
Fruit in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can be expensive, sometimes about the same as what you buy at the local grocery store. However, in the countryside, especially where these fruits are grown, you can get a lot of fruits for yourself: 4 kg of Ninh Thuan dragon fruit, 10 kg of rambutan in the Mekong Delta , 30 guava in Bac Ninh, 8 mango in Nha. Pages, to name a few.